Fraud Crimes. Losses Due to Insurance Fraud. Hard Fraud vs. Soft Fraud

Insurance fraud refers to an intent to obtain some benefits or advantages by means of false andimages misleading information filled in in the insurance document and consists of exaggerated damage or losses that never occurred. According to Crime in the US 2012 FBI Report the total cost of insurance fraud is more than $40 billion per year. In 2011 there were 140 pending insurance fraud cases.

There are two types of insurance fraud:

  1. Soft fraud, that consists of “little harmless lies” in order to maximize the claim.
  2. Hard fraud, that involves falsification of an accident or an injury in order to legally collect money from the insurance agencies.

arson-300x225There are common types of insurance fraud that include: exaggerated injuries, false or exaggerated property loss, car accidents, intentional property damage, arson.

If you don’t want to become a victim of insurance fraud, don’t trust people who sell insurance over the telephone or door-to-door. It is also not wise to give your insurance ID number to people or companies you don’t know. Don’t forget, if an accident occurred to you, make sure you get as much evidence as possible.

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Auto Insurance Fraud Costs Americans $20 to $30 Billion Annually

Auto insurance fraud is becoming a great problem in the United States. Auto insurance agencies are paying billions of dollars each year to cover them, that leads to increased premiums even for those who didn’t commit fraud.

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Auto insurance fraud is committed against an insurance company in order to receive financial gain. According to the National Insurance Crime Prevention bureau auto insurance fraud costs Americans $20 to $30 billion annually.

insuranceAuto insurance fraud can be “hard” if it consists of an intentional set up of a situation such as car theft or an automobile accident. Soft insurance fraud is regarded as a minor offense, when a person takes advantage of a situation that has already occurred by pretending that the injuries were more serious that they actually were.

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